Science 8 – Today the class began a research project on an infectious disease. The hope is that with some understanding of the ideas and keywords around the immune system, students can do some intelligent research on diseases and how they interact with humans.
Science 8 – Today we reviewed the textbook questions the students were working on, and then I gave them a few voting questions to quickly check on their understanding.
Science 8 – Today we followed up on some of the students’ basic questions about the immune system, such as “how does it work?”. This was pretty much ‘textbook’ kind of day, which isn’t a bad way of getting new information on some questions that they’ve developed.
Science 8 – Students began learning more about the immune system today. I say “more” because the kids already know a lot. I started off with a powerpoint slide show of the main topics. Most of the time though, we were doing class discussions. The students told me about vaccinations, inflammations, 4 ways to contact pathogens, and a few other things.
I then asked the students to make a comic that addressed all of the issues we had discussed, including innate and acquired immune response, t-cells, antibodies, etc. The idea with the comic is for the kids to learn some facts (knowledge, low level Blooms), apply your understandings and then make something new with it (synthesis).
The students did okay, but it was pretty common for kids to skip details. I gave each student individual verbal feedback on their comic after handing it in. No marks were given, as I made it clear that they were learning exactly what they needed to know to do well on their immune system quiz.